Podcast: Three hostels run by the House of Mercy charity for homeless people in Gravesend and Northfleet are to close

Three hostels for homeless people in Gravesend and Northfleet are going to close after the charity running them ran out of cash.

The House of Mercy charity has supported people in the towns for more than 30 years – hear from Michael Donovan who’s vice chairman of trustees.

Also in today’s podcast, a Northfleet woman who owns an XL Bully has joined a protest in London after plans were announced to ban the breed.

The Prime Minister made the decision after a spate of attacks – we’ve been speaking to Chell West who owns one of the dogs.

A Kent woman has joined an MS society campaign to call for an overhaul of the disability payment system.

Shereena Aitken-Grey says there are a number of hoops you have to jump through to be able to claim the Personal Independence Payment, but for someone with MS it can be difficult. 

A self-employed builder has been handed an invoice for £24,000 after disturbing a power main while working on land near Swanley.

Mark Staples was installing fence posts on a property in Hextable when he accidentally knocked out power to the whole village. Hear from Mark and we have a statement from the company.

With less than 100 days until Christmas, we’ve been catching up with some of the stars of one of Kent’s pantos.

Peter Pan will be taking place at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone this festive season.

And in sport, it was a disappointing result for Gillingham at the weekend.

They were beaten 2-1 at Doncaster Rovers which means they drop to second in the league two table. We’ve been getting reaction from manager Neil Harris and goalscorer Conor Masterson.